This month we’re exploring music and sensuality with a song and
freestyle concept that allows you to dance based upon your connection to
the music. One of my favorite songs to dance to is At Last by
Etta James. This song signifies the soulful rhythm that allows us as
dancers to reach inside of ourselves and connect our soul to our
dancing. Etta James is considered one of the most influential blues
vocal artists of her time. She has also been known as Miss Peaches, The
Matriarch of Rhythm and Blues (Wikipedia, 2013). I love this fun fact
about her. I think it fits perfectly in the sense of pole dancing.
I’ve read about other studios and how they encourage their students to
create an alter ego for their pole classes. Sometimes our dancing comes
alive if we disassociate our personal ties and every day worries from
our identity. By creating an alter ego like “Miss Peaches”, we may find
ourselves able to let go and become that alter ego through our
dancing. If you are able to connect with the Queen of Soul by letting
her voice lead you towards an emotional connection, I highly encourage
you to challenge yourself this month in our Freestyle Friday. We’ll
keep the lights low and supply the music. You just need to show up
ready to dance. Feel free to bring a recording device- phone or camera
(tripod available if needed). We strongly encourage the use of
recording devices for your own personal reflection and growth in your
dancing journey. For more insight regarding this month’s freestyle
dance exploration challenge, check out WeFly Tracee Kafer’s Emotion
& Music video contribution:
Within recent years the pole community has exploded online with the
use of various social media outlets. Social media has contributed to
the success and growth of the pole dancing community. Within the last
year, the addition of instagram has added to the creativity within the
community with the sharing and connecting of fellow polers around the
world. This connection with so many through the common interest of pole
dancing has fueled the connections through the social media circuits
and helped form many bonds with dancers from around the world. People
who may never have otherwise come into contact with each other. For
this month's blog hop, I wanted to talk about some of my favorite social
media sites and some common usage for business purposes.1.
Facebook. I share all the business class information, special deals,
events, pictures and educational information for my students in my blog
posts through the Pole Harmony Facebook
page. Facebook was my first social media connection to family and
friends. It's easy to use and great for sharing to a larger base of
people because almost every one has a Facebook now a days.
Twitter. I've just recently begun to explore the ins and outs of
Twitter. I've made some great connections and it's been a fun way to
correspond with a different crowd that I may not be connected with
through Facebook. I share similar business related posts on my Pole Harmony Twitter to what I share on Facebook except my statuses are restricted to 140 characters or less. Twitter summarizes my Facebook posts.
YouTube. Where would the pole community be if it weren't for YouTube?
YouTube introduced me to pole dancing. It's where I first began to
learn all about spins and tricks. I consider myself to be of the "old
school" generation of polers- those who didn't have the luxury of
learning in a studio setting. We relied heavily on YouTube videos.
Watching and rewatching, pausing, and rewind. We spent countless hours
watching dance video after dance video. Analyzing every detail and
specific movement of a dancer. Maybe that's why so many of us are
instructors now. We trained ourselves to have an eye for movement
specific to pole moves. Now a days, I no longer have a personal YouTube
channel. Instead I only have my Pole Harmony YouTube
channel. I like having my channel for business only. It gives me the
opportunity to post videos and still have the connection to everything I
work hard for.
4. Instagram. I have been completely in love
with this form of social media. Instagram is perfect for the pole
community because so much of what is involved in pole is about being
able to take a picture of yourself accomplishing an awesome move or
trick and then sharing it with your friends. Instagram connects to
other means of social media which makes it the perfect addition to the
pole community. In the past year, many studios and pole specific groups
have begun to integrate pic sharing challenges. This has added to the
fun and never boring theme of pole dancing. It has also encouraged more
networking among dancers. I love being able to separate my Instagram
and share all of the pole studio related images on the Pole Harmony Instagram. This has probably become one of my favorite forms of social media. What did we do before Instagram?
Google+. I'm not sure if this one is as popular as all the others but I
decided to get on board with it because it's connected to YouTube and
so many other necessary accounts integrated through Google. I share
everything on my Pole Harmony Google+ page that I share on Facebook.
StudioVeena.com. I think this one is necessary to mention because I
have always described it as the "Facebook for Pole Dancers." StudioVeena
is the major networking and resource site for the pole dancing
community. I have made so many friendships through this site that not
mentioning it would be a complete disservice. StudioVeena has really
become all the aforementioned social media sites in one. It has status
and event sharing, pictures, discussion boards, and video uploads. A
one stop shop for everything pole related. In recent years, many polers
have crossed over into other forms of dance and dabbled in some
aerial. The community is an eclectic assortment of information
regarding all things aerial and alternative fitness.
probably thinking, how in the world do I manage all these social media
sites all while managing a business and working a full time Monday
through Friday job? Well personally, I don't sit at my computer every
day keeping all my sites up to date. I utilize a social media manager.
With so many social media sites out there, now a days a social media
manager is an important addition to keeping one's business organized
online. At the end of the day, I can rest comfortably knowing my
business is in good hands. This also frees up my time to allow me to
focus on the social media aspects that tap into my creativity such as
YouTube and Instagram. Both of these require more of my attention and I
enjoy being able to devote my energy towards these accounts as opposed
to the others.
To recap, below I've listed all the Pole Harmony
social media sites. Feel free to "Like", "Follow", or "Share" any or
all. Thank you!
*Blog Hop is a monthly blog topic involving pole dancing blog contributors from around the world actively involved in the online Pole Dancing Bloggers Association.
Each month we write our perspective about a given topic pertaining to
the pole dancing community. To read fellow Pole Dancing Bloggers
Association August Blog Hop entries: click here.
I had the opportunity to welcome two well known competitors training for the upcoming August 2013 Midwest pole competition to train at Pole Harmony this past weekend. During their training session, several prospective students stopped by to check out the studio and got a glimpse into the world of pole. One of the topics that got discussed with one of the many women that stopped by was the various classifications of pole dancing. It really left an impression on me as I heard the words I commonly preach come out of the mouth of another fellow pole dancer and instructor.
Pole dancing can be anything you want it to be. It isn't just all one sided, there are many sides to pole dancing and each dancer interprets movement differently. The various interpretations are what make it so interesting. It's about keeping an open mind to accept that dance is an expressive world where the possibilities are endless. I love the sensual fluid movement that creates a sexually charged dance. It's just the way I've identified personally with how my body looks the best when it moves. Of course there are a lot of people out there pushing to de-sexualize pole dancing. There's a movement to make pole an acceptable and well respected sport and many believe the only way to achieve this is to remove anything deemed sexy. At Pole Harmony, we accept all forms of pole dancing. Each form of dance is respected as it all serves as a learning experience that fuels our artistic souls. The unity of dance creates the perfect balance and harmony within our expressive nature.
We welcome all dancers to join us in creating an environment that grows creatively through all our differences. Join us in Pole & Flow Tuesdays at 7:10pm for routines designed specifically to introduce concepts of discovering your personal movement.